LAST UPDATED FEBRUARY 9, 2018 AT 8:28 P.M.
What is fuboTV?
FuboTV has pulled together 75+ national and regional live sports channels alongside entertainment networks like A&E, History and HGTV.
For a while now, when people wanted to watch live soccer games online, they would turn to fuboTV for beIN Sports. But now the live TV streaming platform is vying to be much more.
By adding regional sports channels like NESN and MSG Networks, fuboTV is poised to compete with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now.
fuboTV’s entry-level channel bundle includes 30 hours of Cloud DVR, and access to 39 TV Everywhere apps. A “Lookback” feature is an on-demand platform that shows soccer matches and other sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours. And there’s the more traditional on-demand menu for movies and shows.
Like other live streaming services there’s no annual contract. fuboTV does offer an annual plan that’s a one-time payment at a discounted price, or a monthly payment option. Subscribers can easily cancel anytime online without any penalty or fees.
If you’ve never tried out fuboTV before, you can check out a free 7-day trial and pay $19.99 for the first month. The regular price of $44.99 per month will kick in after that.
If your TV watching primarily consists of a wide variety of sports like FS1, FS2, NBCSN, PAC-12 Networks, fuboTV is the best streaming service around.
You can officially kick cable TV to the curb. fuboTV also just rolled out a completely redesigned app for Roku and Apple TV. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the menu doesn’t remember the last channel you were on after you exit the app.
Here’s a quick video to give you an an idea of how the Roku app looks.
What channels does fuboTV have?
fuboTV offers 75+ channels total in the entry-level Premier bundle. Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV also has add-on channel packages like Sports Plus. Showtime will also soon be offered as an add-on channel for Premier subscribers.
Before delving into the seven add-on subscriptions offered to U.S. customers, here’s a list of what’s included in the channel lineup.
CBS CBSN CBS Sports Network Comcast SportsNet HGTV Travel Channel Food Network Telemundo NBCSN FS1, FS2 NBA TV beIN Sports (English & Spanish) Univision Fox Deportes Univision Deportes NBC Universo Bravo FX National Geographic
CBS Sports Network
beIN Sports (English & Spanish)
The CW USA CNBC Big Ten Network Fox Soccer Plus FUSION FXX FXM Viceland Golf Channel Fox News Fox Business MSNBC E Channel The Weather Channel Syfy A&E History Channel Lifetime
Big Ten Network
Fox Soccer Plus
The Weather Channel
Lifetime Movie Network Hallmark Channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Sprout Nat Geo Wild Pop My Network TV UniMas El Rey Network Fuse Revolt FYI Network Oxygen One World Sports Football Report TV fubo TV Network
Lifetime Movie Network
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Nat Geo Wild
My Network TV
El Rey Network
One World Sports
Football Report TV
fubo TV Network
Can I watch NFL games on fuboTV?
Yes, fuboTV has coverage for most NFL games through local affiliate NBC, CBS and FOX stations. NFL Network is also part of the Premier channel bundle. NFL RedZone is part of fuboTV’s re-launched “Sports Plus” package, available to Premier subscribers for an additional $8.99 per month.
Sports Plus: 15 channels total
FNTSY Sports Network
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Los Angeles
Fox College Sports Atlantic
Fox College Sports Central
Fox College Sports Pacific
Does fuboTV have ESPN?
No. It’s one of the few holes in the fuboTV’s channel lineup. But it might not be that way forever. fuboTV is currently in a beta stage of its latest rollout. So it’s possible that you could see ESPN in the future.
Can I watch NBA basketball, NHL hockey on fuboTV?
Yes, dude. Relax. It’s not all about soccer on fuboTV anymore.
In fact, if you go the main page of the fuboTV site and scroll down, you can easily peruse their schedule of games for today and tomorrow.
It includes all NBA games, NHL, NCAA College Basketball, NASCAR, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Premier League, LaLiga, SERIE A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Primeira Liga, Liga MX, and Copa Libertadores.
NBA TV, Fox and NBC Regional Sports Networks give you the ability to watch a number of your favorite local teams. This map should give you an idea of what games you can catch.
If you see a game or two you want to check out, fuboTV offers a 7-day free trial. That should give you plenty of time to decide if the service is a good fit for you. If you keep the service, you still get a two month discount automatically.
Does fuboTV have Showtime?
Yes. You can all 9 live Showtime channels for $10.99 per month.
Those channels include Showtime East, Showtime West, Showtime 2, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime Women and Showtime Family.
You will be able to tap into thousands of hours of video on demand as part of the add-on, including Showtime’s original hit shows like Billions, Ray Donovan, The Chi and Homeland. Showtime also carries premium sports programming, including Inside the NFL, and Showtime Championship Boxing. fuboTV has been letting people add Showtime to its free 7-day trial since adding it to the platform.
How many devices can I simultaneously stream with fuboTV?
A fuboTV account will allow customers to stream from two devices at a time. fuboTV doesn’t discriminate whether you are streaming content at home or elsewhere, but you might not be able to see some local channels when you are away from home. This video was shot when the fuboTV app was in beta. At the moment, you can still find this user interface on Amazon Fire TV.
Does fuboTV have on-demand content?
Yes, fuboTV offers on-demand content for an assortment of movies and TV shows. If you miss a program or game, you can also use the Lookback feature, which has games that aired in the last 72 hours. So, you can easily play catch up.
What do I need to stream fuboTV?
Roku has the best app for fuboTV at the moment, but just about any streaming device on the market works with fuboTV.
That includes Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, all iOS devices, Android phones and tablets, and PCs and Macs. Based on my product reviews done here at The Cord Cutting Report, here are a few of the best devices for live streaming TV.
Can fuboTV authenticate apps?
Yes. FuboTV has added support to more than 39 TV Everywhere apps. So let’s say you wanted to watch A&E from an app because you were away from home, no problem. Just log into the app using your fuboTV credentials.
NBC Sports became the latest TV Everywhere apps added to fuboTV’s roster. You can also log in to your Fox Sports Go app to watch local regional sports networks in your area. Apps that you can authenticate with a fuboTV account include: FOX NOW, FYI, AETV, LIFETIME, HISTORY, USA, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, NBC, Universo, Sprout and MSNBC. Check out the link above to get a full list.
One of the great values of TV Everywhere apps is that you can get lots of on-demand shows, movies and even live channels.
How much is fuboTV?
For new customers, the entry-level channel lineup costs $19.99 per month for the first two months. To give you a little extra discount, that kicks in after a free 7-day trial. The price then goes up to $44.99 per month.
Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV offers add-on subscriptions priced between $2.99 and $14.99 per month.
The add-ons are not nearly as robust as ones you see on Sling TV. For example, the Entertainment Plus gives you Chiller and Universal HD Channel for $5.99 per month. The News Plus add-on only has CNBC World for $5.99. Not exactly a great bargain there. Hopefully, those add-ons will grow in value as fuboTV cuts more deals with networks.
fuboTV vs DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue
One clear advantage Sling TV has over fuboTV is that its baseline package Sling Orange gives you ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 as part of a 30+ channel lineup for $20.
For another $5 per month, Sling TV offers the Sports Extra. That would give you: NFL Red Zone, NBA TV, Pac-12, NHL Network, Golf Channel, beIN Sports, Campus Insiders, Outside TV, Motors TV North Am, and Univision Deportes.
That’s a pretty good deal.
Sling TV also offers soccer fans some options too.
Sling World Sports has 10 channels that will get you live international sports from around the world. Watch La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga and English Premier League Soccer on beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS en Espanol. The World Sports add on is $10 per month or $80 per year. Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial.
For more details on these packages, you can check out Sling TV: the definitive guide with everything you need to know.
Sling TV has a Cloud DVR feature, but it costs an extra $5 per month and does not work on all channels.
DirecTV Now is releasing its Cloud DVR in beta to select customers this summer. Its entry level package “Live a Little” gives you ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports 2, Golf Channel, NBA TV are on the two top tier channel lineups. Like fuboTV, DirecTV Now offers a free 7-day trial.
fuboTV already has a cloud DVR feature. But picture quality is where fuboTV really outshines competitors.
Anyone who has watched sports over live streaming TV will notice how frame rates become noticeable during the fast-paced action of games like soccer and basketball. fuboTV is running at about 60 frame rates per seconds on Fox channels, the Big Ten Network and NFL Network.
fuboTV offers some marquee events like the 2018 Winter Olympics. Such events can usually send cord cutters either on the hunt for apps they can authenticate, or local OTA channels.
fuboTV free trial
Check out fuboTV youself with its 7-day free trial if you’re interested. You can even add Showtime to your trial for free. New customers can get their first month for only $19.99 per month. Have you used fuboTV before? Tell your fellow cord cutters about what your experiences with fuboTV in the comments below.